Rafa’s Clear Message To Players Before The Liverpool Test

After the game with Manchester City Rafa Benitez has moved to Newcastle’s next test – at Rafa’s old club Liverpool on Saturday – where we have never won since back in 1994 – so it’s a very good time on Saturday to break that poor spell.

And with Rafa Benitez in charge it’s starting to look like anything may be possible when he has his players performing with passion and fight like they have over the last couple of games.

Those games have been at home however – and now our players must show the same passion, fight and will to win away from home on Saturday.


Rafa Benitez – animated on the touchline last Saturday

Here’s what Rafa said after the 1-1 draw against Manchester City:

“We are closer – still not enough, but we are closer.” “Hopefully we can get more points playing at this level, with this intensity, and then we’ll have more chances.”

“I think that we were working so hard that we deserved, in the end, this point. It could be even better but if you see the other team, how strong they are, I think you have to be pleased with the performance of the players and the reaction.”

“And also the fans were behind the team so there were a lot of positives again.”

“You have to say congratulations to our players because they were fighting until the end with passion, with commitment, and the fans appreciated that.”

“We are in a position where playing at home, we have to believe with our fans behind us that they can make the difference.” “I think that my connection with Liverpool is obvious but we will try to win.”

“Hopefully we can do it and, like I said with Manchester City, if they progress in the Champions League, fine – if Liverpool progress in the Europa League,  fine, but we need the three points.”

Rafa is trying to instill in his players the notion that we need 3 points in every single remaining game – and that includes Liverpool on Saturday.

That’s his message to our players who had a losing mentality when he arrived a short six weeks ago tomorrow.

The Newcastle manager is hoping the Liverpool have on eye on the semi-final of the Europa League next Thursday at Villareal in the first leg.

A win would be unbelievable for Newcastle, but such is our plight in the league that we must go all out for the win at Anfield.

We know that’s exactly what Rafa and our players will be doing, and they’ll be back at the Benton training grounds preparing for this vital game for the club.

Howay The Lads!!

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34 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Apr 21, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa’s mantra seems to focus on work and passion, not sure what McC’s was but it didn’t seem to translate into either of those.

    Two thirds of a season of lethargy and antipathy adding up to a wasted chunk of season.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    This Everton / Funes Mori malark is not good for us.

    Both Sunderland and Norwich play Everton who have not only just been demolished. but they also now have no defenders with Stones and Jagielka out and Funes Mori missing 3 games.

    Thankfully I believe the cup counts as one so he will one of the 2 vital relegation deciders) But still he’ll hardly be match fit.

  • Jib

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4
  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Three points:
    * play the club and not the individual opposition.
    * score.
    * have no regrets.

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed don’t get carried away it’s only been 2 games under Rafa

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks like Everton players have done a TOON – given up on their manager – could spell trouble for us.

    The Sun says Jurgen Klopp wants to give Ben Arfa “another shot” at the English top flight


  • stuart no9

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Its typical how things work out isnit . who would have guessed it could be rafas old team that could send us down or give us a huge lifeline . Would rafa still know certain things about liverpool that would really help us even though it was 10 years ago ?/

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully by the last game of the season we will be out of the relegation places, but an awful lot hinges on Everton and Watford, plus Stoke holding up against s’land.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib & Tuff,

    A re-trial has been ordered as new evidence has become available – this was not available at the time of the first trial.

    Nothing to say that the first trial verdict was wrong – that would have to be proved to give any entitlement to compensation.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Evertonians have really turned on Martinez and are determined to oust him. It goes to show that fans are not easily fooled by a team that plays 16 passes before the ball crosses the halfway line and then no defensive strategy to speak of when trying to defend a lead.

    We now have a manager at long last with a good sound understanding of the game who can adapt his tactics built on a solid defensive philosophy.


    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Sunderland and Norwich are still crap u know? It’s an easy trap to fall into thinking they are suddenly great but they really aren’t

    But for bad refs right now Rafa would have us with 3/4 more points and we would and he hasn’t had easy games


    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Martinez has been stealing a living in the PL since his Wigan days, Everton deserve better

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14


    Bad refs decisions have cost us all season, McCs record would be better but for them.

    It was interesting that comments were being made about bad reffing effecting WH during the games they have played.

    So we aren’t the only ones suffering but despite my obvious bias the think we’ve had the worst deal this season.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #15

    the =I. my fingers aren’t obeying my brain!!! 🙂


    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    I will hold my hands up and admit I’ve not seen too much football this season to adequately say what other teams have suffered from refs but we’ve had a bad innings I know that, some terrible decisions Aguero goal, Norwich winner even throw the Vardy assist in there…I think we can stay in the pl though, a few divisions go our way a wonder goal here or there and we are safe

    Fine margins atm

  • cyprus

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    So Klopp fancies HBA. I thought we agreed we don’t like him because he can’t tackle. Watch you doing Klopp.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #18

    I think Mccarvews record might have been better if he wasn’t avspineless, cheating, lying fraud.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Catchy didnt u tell us martinez was great? And solskaer was good for us? Get out of it. I told u martinez is crap. He’s a nasty git too


    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Tbf Benny could learn a hell of a lot from Countinho, very Liverpool to sign our cast offs aswell

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d like to see HBA playing for us under Rafa, think we’d see a different player. Obviously never going to happen though.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #22


    I perceive a hint of dislike for McC in your comment. 🙂


    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #23

    at the start of this year when looking at the fixtures the teams norwich and the mackems had now for the run in, all looked tough games, but now they look pitiful everton,watford and stoke all on there jollys already and taking pastings every week….i hope they turn up for these games but it does look like we cant rely on 100% effort from these teams against our relegation rivals.

  • calvinzolamakongo

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #24

    If I remember correctly evertons 2 young cbs are dcent unless they are out on loan

  • calvinzolamakongo

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Browning and galloway

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I think it’s pretty harsh comment on Martinez.

    RM’s having an average season, but when he went in there 3 short seaons ago, they came 5th, got into europe and scored the most goals they ever have in one season, short memories from some.

    Even in a an average mid-table season RM could still go to Wembley and win the cup again.

    Stalwart players like Coleman and Baines who have been brilliant previously have had shocking seasons and stones’s ego got too big after chelsea’s interest.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Can’t stand the smirking goon. All those who preach you can’t blame the manager. Like his two predecessor’s, they’re all equally to blame for being part of a ridiculous and unworkable set out of desperation for a shot of the big time. Spineless cowards the lot of them. That includes Beardsley and Moncur as well. None of them having the guts to say we needed to strengthen that pi$$ poor defence!

  • Jib

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #29

    When Pardew went down the road to Palace and McClaren’s name first started to be bandied about , Derby were doing well and most Toon fans thought he would be an improvement.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Improvement or not he didn’t want to be here and is/was a sacked and failed Championship manager. Now he can add the illustrious title of sacked and abysmally failed PL manager.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    From my recollection, when pardew left, not many were interest in McClaren.

    It was after the Carver experience and with all hope gone, that McClaren was viewed as an improvement.

    I think if you go back to Eds polls in the January, McClaren wasn’t anyones first choice, or even close, despite how Derby were doing at that time.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #32

    The Everton fans are the best placed to criticise or praise Martinez. They watch their team week in, week out and like many on here with Pardew when opposing fans thought he was doing ok ,the outpouring of disapproval from so many fans surely can’t be misplaced.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #33

    If I’d posted such blarney you’d have said I was talking a croc of sh1t. When does 9% of fans mean most.


  • Jib

    Apr 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #34

    One guy was VERY pro McClaren

    toonbrother // Jan 27, 2015 at 10:07 PM


    27 toonbrother // Jan 27, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    McClaren is the true successor to SBR


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